So… did you watch the Oscars? I can't help but watch every year. It's sort of like the Super Bowl for all of us who didn't get into sports in high school – and you know who you are. The drama club members… the honors English crowd… the A/V boys.
So last night was the 80th "Oscar-cast," hosted by Jon Stewart, who managed to be funny and relatively clean. Ratatouille took home the animated film Oscar, which was no surprise. I was happy to see Surf's Up get a little attention after its lackluster box office performance. (It's still a great film… go rent it. Watch it on a big screen. In Blu-Ray, preferably!)
The big news, of course, was the success of the Coen brothers and their really dark, really violent film No Country for Old Men. I haven't seen this film yet, mostly because it isn't the kind of film my wife will see with me, so I'll have to rent it sometime and watch it alone. Frankly, it isn't the kind of film I will usually watch, but I'm a big Coen brothers fan, so I'm going to have to check it out. The Coens' films have been some of my favorites – especially their lighter films like The Hudsucker Proxy and O Brother, Where Art Thou? – which is one of my favorite films of all time. This new one isn't one of their "lighter" films, but, given the Oscar and all, I think I'll have to check it out anyway. I owe it to them.
Here's a pic of the Coen brothers with Martin Scorsese…
Is it just me, or is Martin Scorsese turning into a cartoon character? Which one is it… Mr. Magoo? Help me out. Post a comment and tell me which cartoon character Martin Scorsese is 'morphing' into.
By the way, if you liked the song from the Irish guy that won best song, check out their film, Once. It's a very interesting example of what a clever filmmaker can do with very little money (supposedly about $100K). If you're a filmmaker lamenting that you can't raise the $10mm you need to make your 'epic', go watch Once and the Christian micro-budget film Facing the Giants. Much can be done with little, my friends!
That's all for now. Next week I'm going to start telling you about our new project here at Jellyfish. I figure it's about time to start letting the cat out of the bag. That'll be fun, eh?